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. >> hagman, of course, was best known as that scheming oil baron j.r. ewing. abc's david muir. >> reporter: flowers in the south fork ranch in dallas. the backdrop for what would define america in the 1980s. at the center of it, larry hagman from ft. worth, reveling in his role the evil conniving oil man, j.r. ewing, here with his wife sue ellen, actress susan gray. >> you're a drunk and unfit mother. the sooner we have you put away in that sanitarium the better off you'll be. >> reporter: people loathed him and were disgusted by his ways but wooed by his wicked humor. >> don't forgive and don't forget and do unto others before they do unto you. >> reporter: when j.r. was shot in that 1980 cliff-hanger [ gunshots ] -- the world spent months asking "who shot j.r.?" even the queen mum who wanted to know who pulled the trigger. record households tuning in to learn the answer, it was j.r.'s scheming sister-in-law kristin. hagman himself in theater before tv. a five-year run on "i dream of jeannie." the astronaut and the genie who loved him. >> master, it's almost 3:00 in the morning. get some
. >> reporter: as wheeler-dealer oil man j.r. ewing, hagman ruled over the southfork ranch and the tv ratings for 13 years beginning in the spring of 1978. >> tramp. name of the game is huge. you're destroying everything that daddy spent his life. >> reporter: episode after episode the duplicitous j.r. schemed and double-crossed his way to the top. until in the cliff-hanger season finale in the spring of 1980 somebody in his inner circle had had enough. (gunfire). dallas fans spent an entire summer asking themselves the question, who shot j.r.? it was a testament to the acting abilities of the real larry hagman. the son of singer mary martin, larry hagman's own career was launched in the 1960s with a role at astronaut anthony nelson in the sit-com i dream of jeannenie opposite barbara eden playing the part of the jeannenie. >> i must have gone further into orbit than i thought. >> osgood: though other tv and film roles followed, it was dallas that put him on the map. >> get me the police. reporter: when the identity of j.r.'s assailant was revealed in november of 1980, as many as 83 million p
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